Autonomous Tank and Void Inspection Technique

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,927.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00167-11-P-0436
Agency Tracking Number:
N111-058-1113
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
N111-058
Solicitation Number:
2011.1
Small Business Information
Barron Associates, Inc.
1410 Sachem Place, Suite 202, Charlottesville, VA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
120839477
Principal Investigator:
William Gressick
Research Engineer
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Business Contact:
Connie Hoover
General Manager
(434) 973-1215
barron@bainet.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Barron Associates and its team propose a novel system design that facilitates autonomous inspection of arbitrarily-shaped tanks, voids and other structures. The portable system is designed to reduce labor and cost to the Navy from required repeated inspections and allows inspection of tanks or voids by a single user without requiring entry into the potentially-hazardous space. The system features locomotion capability that allows it to survey and catalog portions of the space inaccessible to other designs. A versatile sensor system enables the inspection of regions outside the reach of similar vehicles. A unique localization approach allows improved, redundant position estimation inside the volume without complicated user-setup or calibration. A custom-developed operator interface will allow real-time display of acquired sensor data and integration with existing shipboard protocol. The ability to store, recall and review data will be implemented as well. Autonomous capability is proposed to allow unattended operation that enables the possibility of a single user simultaneously inspecting multiple spaces, further reducing burden on the crew.

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